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Doing What We Can to Combat COVID-19

3/24/2020 | By Kevin Walseth

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a huge learning curve in a very short time for many of us. Companies have been forced to close their doors temporarily, restaurants have been trying delivery for the first time just to stay open, and McDonald’s has their credit card machine on a selfie stick so nobody touches your card.

Many manufacturing and distribution companies have chosen to switch gears and focus their attention on helping those on the frontlines of the pandemic fight.

Digi-Key is working diligently to help this cause. One way is by teaming up with the University of Minnesota in hopes of ending the ventilator shortage. Many of the parts needed to make this happen can be found in Digi-Key’s warehouse in small town Thief River Falls. With the design created by U of M, old respirators are being restored and running on windshield wiper motors, which are less expensive than other options. The cost of a medical ventilator can cost between $3,000 and $13,000; but this design can be built for $1,500.

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Our friend Adafruit is no different. They have worked with the City of NY to showcase their ability to adapt and help the cause.

They have switched focus for the time being to assist with the PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) shortage. They will be manufacturing face shields and electronics for essential life-saving equipment.

Adafruit Industries is an open-source hardware company based in New York City. It was founded by Limor Fried in 2005. The company designs, manufactures and sells a number of electronics products, electronics components, tools and accessories.

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Remember: We are all in this together.